Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs

Research development falls under the science industry umbrella and encompasses a range of basic and applied research activities, aimed at identifying solutions to problems or creating new products, processes, services or knowledge. Research development, therefore, brings innovation to organisations to improve their market position.

Australia’s research and development industry is internationally respected and performs well compared to highly developed countries around the world. As a country, we spend approximately 2% of GDP on the sector, which employs eight people for every 1,000 workers.

Graduate jobs can be found in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, defence, biotechnology, chemicals, construction, business, government, media, pharmaceuticals, software, transportation, telecommunications and not-for-profit. Higher education employs over 62% of workers in the research development sector, while private business employs 25%.

What to expect

To work in the research development field, graduates will need a degree in a discipline related to the area of research they want to work in, such as engineering, science or technology, as well as good academic results. For some positions, companies may require postgraduate qualifications such as a Master’s or PhD.

The responsibilities assigned to graduates will vary depending on the field of research they work in, however most graduates will begin working within a project team, receiving training from senior researchers.

Graduates working in research development can earn big paychecks, with average starting salaries of around $71,000 per annum.

The top three regions in Australia employing research development graduates are NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Types of jobs

Graduates working in research and development can follow a number of career paths to work in a variety of different jobs including:

  • Research associate
  • Research fellow
  • Research and development manager
  • Research and development engineer
  • Research and development director
  • Market research manager

Competitiveness

The competition for grants, scholarships and jobs is intense due to a lack of funding, which leads to limited positions and heavier workloads. It is difficult for graduate or junior researchers to get grants without the presence of senior researchers on the project team.

Job certainty is a major concern in the research development industry, with many companies relying on short-term contracts to employ workers. As a result, research development positions generally only enjoy three to four years of job stability.

 

Find the best Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs

SAS technology allow its customers to achieve results in a wide range of diverse industries.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
The role will be based in the SAS Australia Head office in Lane Cove. Training will be conducted in the Global Head office in North Carolina, USA.

The SAS Graduate Program runs for a 12 month period across the calendar year. You will start by completing SAS boot camp training whilst also familiarising yourself with SAS as a company and learning various business skills.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
The Graduate Program hires Grads into both the Melbourne office (CBD) and the Sydney office (Lane Cove).
Closing
31 July 2017

At ALDI, our people are the key to our success. Our comprehensive 18 month Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast-track your path to retail leadership. ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$85K -$152K package including superannuation +Car
Location
NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, ACT - Both Regional and Metro Areas

We're looking for fresh-thinking, high-performing graduates with a strong desire to shape Australia's communications and creative industries landscapes.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Starting salary from $60,182 per annum
Location
Canberra
Closing
28 May 2017

Exciting opportunities for graduates of all disciplines engaging with education policy and supporting schools from our central and regional offices. 

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Market competitive
Location
Various locations throughout Western Australia.

A wide range of opportunities are available to contribute to the management of schools and to support student learning and engagement.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Market competitive
Location
various locations throughout Western Australia

Our two-year training and development program provides graduates with a mix of field and policy work, exposure to research and, where appropriate, community engagement activities.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$55,160
Location
Roles within the program will be located right across Victoria
Closing
6 August 2017

Are you ready for an empowering and inspiring opportunity? Apply now for Flight Centre's Retail Leadership Graduate Program to get your career on the right path for take-off.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Retainer plus uncapped commission
Location
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

IP Australia is a Government agency with a passion for bright ideas. We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the fast-growing world of intellectual property (IP).

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Canberra - Melbourne

The Treasury Graduate Program offers recent university graduates the opportunity to join Australia's leading economic policy adviser.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$63,259
Location
Canberra
Closing
1 May 2017

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of Australia? PM&C offers exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Location
Roles are primarily located in Canberra however opportunities may also be available in our Regional Network.
Closing
1 May 2017

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Sales Graduate, or experienced Sales Representative to join our team of energised employees working within a dynamic and friendly environment.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$45,000
Location
Brisbane, Queensland

Graduating this year? Already graduated? We want you!!

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$57,733
Location
Canberra
Closing
30 April 2017

This role is suited to a new business hunter who is able to instantly build rapport with senior level executives across a wide variety of market sectors.

What you'll do:

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
$45000 + super + commission
Location
Sydney CBD

At Criterion Conferences , we do our own independent research to produce quality and relevant conferences and workshops across a variety of industry within Australia.

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
55,000++
Location
Sydney CBD

About Allegis Group

Type
Graduate Jobs
Salary
Competitive base salary + uncapped commission
Location
Sydney, CBD & Sydney, Baulkham Hills